Author Profile:   Maggie Nelson is an American writer.

Name: Maggie Nelson


2003 – The Latest Winter

2005 – Jane: A Murder

2007 – The Red Parts

2007 – Women, The New York School and Other True Abstractions (the book is about Abstract Expressionism and gender from the 1950s through the 1980’s)

2009 - Bluets

2011 – The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning

2015 – The Argonauts

2001 – Shiner (Poetry Collection)

2003 – The Latest Winner (Poetry Collection)

2007 – Then Holes, Something Bright (Poetry Collection)

Background: Maggie Nelson is born in 1973 in San Francisco, California, United States. She is 47 years old. She is married to Harry Dodge, has 2 children and lives in Los Angeles with her family. She completed her education at CUNY Graduate Centre (2004) and received her Ph.D degree in English Literature from Wesleyan University.

Maggie Nelson lived in the Bay Area in her younger days. Annie Dillard taught her English at Wesleyan University. Later after college she trained as a dancer In New York City and worked at the Poetry Project Of St.Mark’s Church. She took informal education with writer Eileen Myles.

Maggie Nelson has taught about writing, literature, aesthetics, art and critical theory at Pratt Institute of Arts, the Graduate Writing Program of the New School Wesleyan University and CalArts. Presently she is works at USC as a Professor of English.

Genre: Maggie Nelson is one writer who is described as a genre-busting writer who defies classification, art criticism, working in autobiography, poetry, scholarship and theory. Her writing work also includes philosophy, history of the avant-garde, queerness, aesthetic history, sexual violence, feminism and art.

Literary Contributions: Maggie Nelson has received a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship in Nonfiction, 2011 NEA Fellowship in Poetry, 2012 Creative Capital Literature Fellowship and 2016 MacArthur Fellowship. Her other honours include a 2007 Andy Warhol Foundation / Creative Capital Arts Writers Grant and the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism.

Unique Stylistic Features: Maggie Nelson has earned her place with compelling novelty and topicality of her subject matter. In her uncategorisable book, The Argonauts, queer theory has been animated through a trans man and through the no-holds-barred story of her own love match. Family making, birth and pregnancy are presented like never before in the book.

Maggie Nelson has authored a number of poems and critically acclaimed nonfiction books. She is writes essays on Kara Walker, Sarah Lucas, Rachel Harrison, A.L. Steiner, Carolee Schneemann and Matthew Barney quite frequently besides writing on art.